Apparently someone at AT&T didn’t get the memo that the BlackBerry Curve 8900 was supposed to go on sale tomorrow because it’s now available for purchase on the AT&T website for $299.99 before a $100 MIR. Who are we kidding; it’s not like we could ever complain that a slick smartphone has gone on sale early. Actually, we sort of can because they are shipping with OS 4.6.1 and not OS 5.0 like some of the 8900’s we played with at WES. But we digress…
It was only two weeks ago that AT&T announced it would be dropping the Curve 8900 sometime this Summer, and one week ago that we told you it would run for $199.99 on a two-year after a $100 MIR. Well now AT&T has finally come out with an official launch date for both online and in retail stores: this Friday, the 22nd of May. All you have to do now is decide whether or not you want to drop an extra $100 to get the 3G-enabled Bold.
Well it looks like AT&T may be preparing to launch the BlackBerry Curve 8900 a bit sooner than we expected. Earlier this week we reported our latest intel which placed AT&T’s Curve 8900 on store shelves some time in June. AT&T followed up the next day and finally made the handset official, but provided very little in terms of a release date. It looks like things might be going down somewhat sooner than expected as a tipster reports the Curve 8900 will drop on May 25th. Pricing is said to be set at $149.99 though it is still unclear whether or not any rebates will be involved. Following the release of the 8900, our tipster also suggests AT&T will be dropping the price of a new Bold on June 1st from $299.99 to $199.99 on contract. $150 Curve 8900s, $200 Bolds… AT&T is apparently looking to move some serious BlackBerry volume this Summer.
You know how we said we thought the BlackBerry Curve 8900 was launching shortly on AT&T? Well, we’ve just got a screenshot of the SKU in AT&T’s POS (Point Of Sale) system like we promised, but there’s also an added bonus — a no camera version! Surely this will excite a ton of business users as we were wondering whether RIM would ever produce a non-camera device again or just rely on IT Policys. We still don’t have a perfect release date estimate (a lot of naysayers said we were wrong and the 8900 won’t launch until mid-year), but again, this looks better and better with every leak. Viva la vida loca, suits.
Thanks, to one of our AT&T ninjas!
We know the BlackBerry 8900 has been slated as an AT&T device forever. Heck, Giz’s unit was AT&T branded, and then there’s also the mysterious vanishing act it pulled at CES. We also outed the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8210 (oh no, RIM isn’t even close to being done with the confusing models/different features) and that looks to be the unit AT&T is going to be launching first (we believe the 8220 will come to AT&T as well later). What everyone has been wondering, however, is when will these devices will actually see the light of day on AT&T. We just got some information that corroborates with what we’ve heard, but it isn’t from one of our normal tipsters. If you’re still interested, we have been told the BlackBerry 8900 is scheduled for a February release (we also heard the SKU is now appearing in AT&T’s systems), and that the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8210 is coming in March. Verizon isn’t going to be the only one, it seems. We haven’t got word on pricing yet, but we’d imagine you’ll see the Curve 8900 for around $199 and the Flip for around $99. Possibly lower if AT&T really wants to churn and burn.
P.S. The date also seems right because it does lineup with AT&T phasing out those EDGE devices. These could very well be the last of the Mohicans. Yeah, we totally said that.
Several of you have had the pleasure of receiving your BlackBerry Curve 8900s early, but the rest of us have had to wait patiently and eagerly for this day. The (sorta) smallest and (kinda) thinnest ‘Berry available is now live with pricing details on T-Mobile’s website. As you can clearly see, the phone will cost you a cool $199.99 after mail-in rebate and a two-year contract. With a 3.2 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and UMA support, BlackBerry PIM services and the 4.6 OS for the Curve, it is a very worthy upgrade for T-Mobile customers. We’re not sure if Best Buy is carrying them just yet, but if you can’t wait and are willing to spend the extra $50, you know exactly what to do.
Anticipation is mounting for those who didn’t get the chance to call in for their 8900 orders early. Even better news is that it looks like Best Buy might be offering it for just $149.99 with a two-years-of-your-life deal. It certainly beats the $299.99 price that many have paid, and will pay, coming straight out of T-Mobile. If your Curve 8320’s trackball is coming loose or that G1’s shine and appeal are beginning to wear, you know what to do. Of course, if contracts make you feel a little queasy, you can always pick this up at the contract-free price of $649.99 (from Best Buy) depending on which option makes you prefer. It’s the same old story – pay now or pay later.
Our inbox is full of tips lately regarding customers who have succeeded in ordering and receiving BlackBerry Curve 8900s from T-Mobile and now we have an unboxing video thanks to one of our tipsters. If you’ve been itching for one of these and it’s time to upgrade, you might be able to get one before the February 11 release date if you act now. We know that sometimes things just can’t come soon enough – especially if you’ve braved the release of the G1 or you’re a serious BlackBerry addict. As is often the case, we think it may be a question of who you spoke to in the telesales department. It looks like it comes with your run-of-the-mill accessories such as the data cable, travel charger, earbuds and a leather pouch (no holster?!). If you’ve already ordered and received your 8900 or it’s on its way, share the wealth in the comments section and tell us how the process went. For the full unboxing video, hit the jump.